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St. Bernardus, please.

October 3, 2008

My trip to Bel Frites peaked curiousity on the entire subject of food and beer and left me wondering where a Beer novice like myself could find advice on pairings for this well-known, yet mystified beverage. And while I find it way too easy to pass up a Coors Light for a night cap, the Belgian beers at Bel Frites made me feel like a regular beer aficionado. What I didn't know, is that my interest in wine pairings already pointed me into the right direction. On my very own bookshelf lies the 2006 Wine... [Read more...]


Bel Frites makes me happy!

September 29, 2008

In a recent blog, I recapped my adventurous trip to Slow Food Nation, where guests of San Francisco spent 3 days celebrating "just and sustainable" foods. After my guilty consumption of fast food en route to the event, I redeemed myself with a delectable, slow food, potato treat. Do you know the difference between a good ol' American (french) fry and a traditional Belgian frite? The answer lies in preparation. A visit to San Luis Obispo's locally-owned Bel Frites provided the answer. "Europeans know when they hear the word 'frite,' their expectations are quite high,"... [Read more...]


To the Market and Kitchen – Wish Me Luck

July 15, 2008

After publicly admitting my food sins, I knew that I couldn't change my course alone (if I could, it would have changed about 20 years ago). To combat my "lonely chore" perception of cooking, I asked for company from my sister and nephew. And to address my "I don't know what the heck to do in the kitchen" barrier, Michelle Ward of Seasonal Custom Cuisine quickly came to my rescue with some recipes and guidance (thanks for the tips on how to cut corn off a cob - that could have been ugly and dangerous left to... [Read more...]